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Win BIG by entering our Mini-Masterpiece Contest!

Use our Mini canvas sets (see below) to create a mini masterpiece and submit your artwork by MAY 5th! All submissions must be on these tiny canvases.  Canvases may be used individually or combined and glued to another surface to create a larger piece of art.


1st prize – Chosen by Art Central employees $100 Art Central Gift Certificate

2nd prize – Chosen by Art Central employees $25 Art Central Gift Certificate

3rd prize – Random Drawing $25 Art Central Gift Certificate

Honorable mentions – (3)

Winners will also be shared and tagged on our Instagram @artcentralslo
All contest submissions will be shown in our Mini-Masterpiece Virtual Gallery on May 7th

Submissions must be received (jpegs only, please) by May 5th.
Winning submissions will be exhibited in our gallery for the month of May.
Sets of canvases are available in-store only!


We have an amazing deal on sets of miniature canvases – another one of our awesome CLOSE-OUT buys!

Box of 96 mini canvases 2.5×2.5″ and 2×3″
with 20 mini easels for only $29.50


Includes 48 mini canvases 2.5×2.5″ and 2×3″
with 10 mini easels for $19.50

Get together with your friends or do a zoom paint party, a birthday party, an evening of fun family time, paint a mini-masterpiece! Check out these ideas we found on Pinterest… so many tiny things you can create!

Don’t forget to pick up some acrylic paint or paint markers while you’re here to go along with your set!


We believe no one should go without food or the opportunity to express their creativity!

Art Central has come up with a way to both raise funds for our local food pantries and get art supplies into the hands of children from disadvantaged families.  We are asking our community for help. 

Click the donate today button to the right to donate $10. 100% of these donations will go to fill our local community food pop-up pantries. Art Central will match each $10 donation with a gift bag of art supplies to be donated to students at Pacheco Elementary School. Our goal is to raise $1000 for the food pantries & 100 gift bags for these students in need.

We are almost HALFWAY to our goal – please tell your friends, and help us get all the way there!

Welcome to this week’s

Virtual Gallery!

Alcohol ink, 26×40, by Judy Maynard
“Death Valley from Dante’s View” by Cheryl Strahl

“Situated more than a mile above, Dante’s View offers the best panoramic view of the floor of Death Valley. Below is Badwater Basin, the lowest point in the U.S.  The massive alluvial fans spill out from the Panamint Range in the west.  This was a morning shoot during my visit to Death Valley National Park last month.”

Painting by Stuart Mason
Latest art on Instagram @stuartmasonslife

Painting by Stuart Mason
Latest art on Instagram @stuartmasonslife
Painting by Stuart Mason
Latest art on Instagram @stuartmasonslife
“White Roses and Purple Stock” by Susan Kounanis
Oil on linen panel 
” RAMBUNCTIOUS ” by Steve Andrews
Medium:  Mixed,  Acrylic / W C / Pencil, 22×30″
 “This work was way too much fun, and gave myself laughter.  It is part of a new Series, called Creatures. The title seems to really fit the Personality.   Enjoy.” -Steve

“Spring is a time for hidden things to show themselves, and fungus and mushrooms are among the first. I’ve pushed color and line to emphasize the weird and amazing way they coexist and enrich their environment. 18×24” acrylic and latex house paint on watercolor paper.” Art by Denise Gimbel

“DAISY” by Lori Mole


“A ‘long, long time ago’ when I was in 4-H and FFA, my brother and I raised rabbits. My rabbit ‘Mischief’ received a trophy for Showmanship. At first, I had to keep him in my room until my Dad built us the rabbit cages. The name ‘Mischief’ fit him perfectly as he was into everything. I typically paint my ‘Music Series’, Landscapes and Still Life but for something different – here’s bunnies!” – Lori Mole

“ADELE” by Lori Mole

Our next Virtual Gallery Exhibit will be on April 9th.

Want to participate? Please send us images of your art by April 7th!

Here’s all you have to do to be featured in our next Virtual Gallery:

Send images of your recently created artwork to with subject “Virtual Gallery Submission” & please attach your image as a jpeg. Include your name, along with the title, medium & size of artwork. And although not required, we’d love a few words about your artwork or inspiring thoughts for our viewers!

Reminder – Construction on Monterey Street, Tuesday, March 30th

The City will be resurfacing our side of Monterey Street on the morning of March 30th.

If you need to visit us on the 30th, please come after 2pm!

Want to be a creative part of the local pop-up pantries? There is a “Little Free Art Studio” located at 268 Summit Station Road in Arroyo Grande. If you have a little piece of art to donate, bring it over! Inspire others to create or just brighten up someone’s day. Anything about 5″x7″ or smaller should fit. Drawings, paintings, photos, beading, ceramics, glasswork, jewelry, illustrated poems, wooden carvings… anything creative is welcome! (Please don’t remove hooks, wooden boxes or mini-easels – Thank you!)

Stay up-to-date with our Art World in and around SLO

Be sure to tune into Facebook for a Virtual Art After Dark, follow instructions HERE

SLO County Arts’ Newsletter

Morro Bay Arts Association’s Newsletter

Virtual Field Trips

Arts Educational Resources

Children’s Classes with June Li:

  “As a mother, I feel a special connection to children and supporting their creativity. It is so beautiful to share with them the world of possibilities of color, line, shape, and expression, watching their delight as they create something of their very own.
I know that during this time, kids and families are experiencing some of the most difficult times, with school being mostly online and parents juggling a lot more than ever before.
Painting and making art together can deeply help soothe the stress and anxiety of life, bringing balance, joy and wonder.
Contact June to set up a private class for your family or your kids.
View her site HERE

Classes with Tricia Reichert:

For the month of March on Tuesday mornings there will be a new *Nature Sketching* class where we will be drawing with a pen and using a little watercolor to depict subjects both from life and photographs. You will find this class under Live Sessions as above, look for the options for other *Webinar* classes under Webinars on
– If you prefer to work at your own pace, or on your own schedule, there are many skill building watercolor video classes available under *Videos* and *Courses* on or watch her YouTube videos HERE

On Wednesday April 7th at 2pm she will be demonstrating how she paints a Rainy Street Scene for CCWS. This is a free webinar for you all to attend and you do not need a camera on your computer to view this demo. You will just need to register with your name and email to attend at
(Select _Webinars_ at the top of the home page and then scroll down to below the text to find this class).

If you would like to paint your own Rainy Street Scene, she will be offering a Two Day Workshop on April 10th and 11th. (Select _Live Sessions_ on the home page and scroll down to find this class).

There will be a new session of Nature Sketching with pen and watercolor in April on Tuesday mornings (not a repeat of the first session). (Select _Live Sessions_ on the home page and scroll down to find this class).

If you would like some individual help with any of your paintings you can schedule a Fix-It session with her on Monday mornings. (Select_Live1-to-1_ on the home page and scroll down to below the text to find this option_)

Looking forward to when we can get together again in person,

Classes with Jason Mayr:

Mayr Studio – Online Courses for Artistic Development
Charcoal Sketching – The Fundamental Forms. Only $25 for 28 lessons within the course.
Jason resides in San Luis Obispo, California with his wife Cindy, their daughter Isabella and their dogs Millie & Beau, where his time is divided between painting and teaching painting. For 4 years straight (2003-2006) he was voted one of the Best Local Artists, quickly establishing his reputation in San Luis Obispo County. View Jason’s YouTube series HERE

Paint with Thomas W. Schaller:

WHAT: LIVE ONLINE WORKSHOP, “Architecture of Light”
WHEN: APRIL 16, 17 & 18, 2021 9am – 4pm
COST: $250. MBAA Members or 310. Non-Members
Discover why it’s better to be less concerned with technical expertise and more about inspiration and observation. This workshop is provided online from the safety of your home or studio. Appropriate for all skill levels. 
For More information about Thomas W. Schaller and this workshop, please

FUNDRAISER for SLO Botanical Garden


Your contributions will support vital Garden operations and expands educational programs for Kids.

Decoratively painted pickets installed now will remain in place on the fence surrounding the Children’s Garden for three years.

Give your little artist an outdoor showcase in our Children’s Garden.

follow this link – you can participate and help them raise money!

1. Buy a picket
Visit to purchase your picket!

2. Paint a picket*
Schedule a picket painting party with SLO Botanical Garden (Scheduling information coming soon). The Garden will provide high quality paint for your creation, provide primed pickets, and apply a clear finish coating. Your picket will stay vibrant for years! Not feeling creative? An additional $50 per picket gets your picket painted by a local artist.

3. Grow the Garden
Your contribution to public art financially supports operations and programs at the Garden, and your picket will be installed around the Children’s Garden for years.